'Vida' Creator Moves Overall Deal to UCP

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In addition to development, Tanya Saracho will establish a lab and incubator program to nurture intersectional Latinx voices.

Tanya Saracho is moving her home base.

The Vida creator has signed a multiple-year overall deal with Universal Content Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Under the pact, Saracho will create and develop original content for television as well as the studio's UCP Audio division. Additionally, Saracho will establish a lab and incubator program that is designed to nurture, amplify, guide and empower intersectional Latinx voices.

"To say that I'm immensely enthusiastic about this union is not enough," Saracho said. "This partnership with UCP is a vital opportunity to keep amplifying the voices and stories that matter to me — those brown, queer narratives which have been missing from the landscape, and which are so important to tell. I’m also elated and looking forward to establishing a lab and incubator program aimed to nurture, amplify and empower intersectional Latinx voices. And on a personal level, it is greatly gratifying to find a home where I already feel so seen and supported."

Saracho is fresh off the third and final season of her Latinx dramedy Vida, which wrapped its run in May on premium cable network Starz. Saracho previously had an overall deal at Starz that she signed ahead of the show's 2018 debut. That deal expired earlier this summer and Saracho opted to decamp for NBCUniversal-backed UCP.

"Tanya came on the scene like a comet with such a strong point of view and a drive to tell culturally diverse stories that push boundaries and open our imaginations. Oh, the places we will go with Tanya’s deep curiosity, experience, commitment, enthusiasm, joy and fervour to tell the diverse stories we haven’t explored on television yet. We are such fans of her work on Vida and are thrilled to partner with her," UCP president Dawn Olmstead said.

Added Universal Studio Group chairman Bonnie Hammer: "One of our goals at Universal Studio Group is to provide access through on the job training and opportunities to empower the next generation of culturally diverse storytellers. Tanya's program fully embodies that intention and we look forward to supporting her as she mentors aspiring Latinx writers. This is the first of many programs we will be backing across our three studios."

Saracho created, exec produced and served as showrunner on Vida. The series featured all Latinx directors in season one and all Latina helmers in seasons two and three. Saracho made her TV directorial debut last year. The series had an all-Latinx writers' room for seasons one and two, and in season three, the room was featured all Latina scribes. All three seasons of Vida currently have a 100 percent fresh rating on aggregation site RottenTomatoes.com.

Saracho joins a roster of talent with overalls at UCP including Sera Gamble (You), Sam Esmail (Homecoming) and Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy).